It’s that time of year! The Big E is back! This means three weeks long of copious amounts of food, shopping, rides and carnival games. The fair opened Sept. 15 and closing day this year will be Oct. 1. It is located in West Springfield, Massachusetts and is well worth the drive.
For those who have never heard of the Big E, it is the biggest fair on the eastern seaboard. Not only does it have your typical carnival rides and fair food vendors, but it also has petting zoos, concerts, parades and so much more. The Big E has been around since 1916 and started off as an agricultural fair to promote local agriculturalists. It has changed significantly since then, now offering a typical carnival feel. Since it has been around for so many years, it has even created its own take on typical fair food. Their most popular treat is the famous Big E Burger which is a typical cheeseburger with bacon, but instead of buns, the burger is placed between two warm glazed donuts. It seems like a lot, but it's been said to be a must-have.
Don’t worry if you’re not a fair food person. There are still plenty of other options for you. The fair's most popular attraction is its featured six New England houses, one for each state in the region. Each building holds that particular state's most popular local cuisine and apparel. They have anything from Vermont’s fresh maple syrup, to Maine's most famous lobster rolls, to my personal favorite, New Hampshire’s wood-fired oven pizza.
Once you're all filled up on greasy food, you can walk it off around the expo center and ogle all the commercialized inventions, because who doesn't need a “Wonder Mop?” Or (not as recommended on a full stomach), you can head over to the Tilt-a-World, Blitzer Rollercoaster or any of the many other rides held at the Big E.
Although this sounds like a lot, especially for us struggling broke college students, speaking from personal experience, there is a way to go without breaking the bank. Order your tickets in advance, drive with friends and split the gas, and best of all, split the food. This way you get a taste of everything and you’re not spending all your weekend beer money.
Morgan Levitt is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.